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Fight In Aso Rock Over Memo 'Leak': Angry Buhari Summons Madam Oyo-Ita & Abba Kyari

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the woman who's the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, over their clash inside the Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

The fierce crossfire between Kyari and Oyo-Ita, which occurred shortly before the FEC meeting, was said to have been caused by the leaked memo, which Oyo-Ita wrote on the reinstatement and posting of the embattled former chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Who leaked the memo indicting President Buhari?

A source at the meeting said Kyari accused Oyo-Ita of leaking the memo, which she wrote to the CoS on the reinstatement of Maina into the Civil Service.

It was a case of counter accusations. Oyo-Ita also accused Kyari of being behind the leakage.

The altercation occurred in the presence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; service chiefs and ministers.

Saraki, Dogara, Oyegun and the service chiefs were present to witness the inauguration of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as the launching of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance emblem.

A Presidency source, who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity yesterday, said the President was embarrassed when he was briefed about the altercation between Kyari and Oyo-Ita.

He said even the presence of the Vice President did not deter the two officials from the clash.

The source said, “The President was embarrassed when he leant about the altercation between the two officials. He, therefore, asked the two officials to see him after the FEC meeting. It was a gory sight, seeing the two officials almost fighting at the Council Chambers.

“Efforts made by the VP to calm the two officials were rebuffed by the two officials. It was apparent that none of them had faith in each other.”

Recall that in the memo, Oyo-Ita had claimed that her warning was based on the implications Maina’s reinstatement would have on the anti-corruption war but Buhari did not listen to her.

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